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by Jon Lucas
17 Feb 2019, 7:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Kent Traffic Free Routes?
Replies: 14
Views: 2131

Re: Kent Traffic Free Routes?

Catch a train to Gravesend and cycle east along the NCN route following the Thames estuary. This is traffic free for a while, but then takes you onto some wonderfully quiet lanes, where you will meet very few cars, and into the surprisingly lovely countryside of the Hoo peninsula.
by Jon Lucas
11 Feb 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 3656

Re: London cycle parking security

Sorry to hear of your disturbing experience. As a Brompton owner,I would be extremely loath to park it in a public rack for any length of time. I thought that one of its many advantages was that it could be folded up & taken with you into premises/work etc. When entering shops with folded Bromp...
by Jon Lucas
11 Feb 2019, 4:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 3656

Re: London cycle parking security

That's a worrying experience. "London" can describe an enormous area. Was this in central London? It was in Kensington. I know that most people ignore even the most obvious theft taking place, but this was in such a visible situation that I'm sure somebody must have seen it and hopefully ...
by Jon Lucas
11 Feb 2019, 4:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 3656

Re: London cycle parking security

Hi Jon, where are the marks on your lock and what can you infer from that? Are the marks on the inside of each leg from an expansion attack using a hydraulic jack? Yes, which is why I was thinking the same. However, I have been told that the current crop of breaking of U-locks has been by cutting t...
by Jon Lucas
10 Feb 2019, 7:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London cycle parking security
Replies: 15
Views: 3656

London cycle parking security

A query for those who cycle in London regularly. I understand there have been many instances recently of gangs going round breaking open U-locks that used to be thought of as unbreakable. I would be interested in knowing more about this - how they do this, and how prevalent it is at present. I visit...
by Jon Lucas
16 Dec 2018, 11:41am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Chrimbo plans
Replies: 27
Views: 1297

Re: Chrimbo plans

Years ago we would go for a ride every Christmas Day, as you could rely on the roads being almost deserted, but it isn't like that now... And the Christmas Day weather does seem to have gone downhill of late. :( For a while we arranged a ride around a Christmas meal - each course in a different pers...
by Jon Lucas
7 Dec 2018, 10:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1186

Re: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay

And just as a counterbalance to what I wrote before - as tourism is an important part of the economy, you can find accommodation in some very remote areas, and if none is obvious, it is always worth asking around any local houses, as you can find people willing to put people up who don't do this com...
by Jon Lucas
7 Dec 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?
Replies: 510
Views: 16731

Re: Cycle mag, CTC finally caved in re helmets & sold us out?

One question is has the editor sold us out? It seems the CTC are still on the ball with their information. This is probably getting to the point, which is that, AFAIK (and I'm happy to be corrected on this), the CTC do not have any control over the content of the magazine, which I understand is don...
by Jon Lucas
7 Dec 2018, 8:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay
Replies: 26
Views: 1186

Re: Arran, Islay, Jura, Colonsay

CalMac ferries no need to book. You could be unlucky and find a large group but as an individual you would probably be able to talk them round. Most staff are very helpful. There are now increasing chances of delay with ferry technical problems as the boats are being worked to their maximum. Accomm...
by Jon Lucas
4 Dec 2018, 8:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: My commute in
Replies: 5
Views: 671

Re: My commute in

I have been off the bike for longer than I care to admit (combination of bad shoulder, bad knee, bad cold, plus a developing laziness :D ). Finally got back on the saddle yesterday, rode to and from work. Really enjoyed it, had forgotten what I was missing, although I was asleep by nine o'clock. Th...
by Jon Lucas
4 Dec 2018, 7:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG tattoo?
Replies: 42
Views: 7784

Re: LEJOG tattoo?

A person standing up, with legs apart, isn't totally dissimilar in shape to Great Britain, so perhaps you could trace the whole route up from the small toe on your left foot to the top of your head. :D
by Jon Lucas
30 Nov 2018, 1:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 3168

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

A lot of the points mentioned above will have been fed into the responses to the consultation, and a final decision on the proposal will be made by the full council. It is worth noting that when the original proposal was made, it was for a smaller charging zone, and it was comments from residents wh...
by Jon Lucas
26 Nov 2018, 6:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bath final day Air pollution consulation
Replies: 23
Views: 3168

Re: Bath final day Air pollution consulation

Yes, it closes at 11.59pm to be precise. The consultation is on a Clean Air zone proposal to tackle just one pollutant, NOx, and Bath is 1 of 28 cities that are having to propose measures to deal with this due to EU pressure on the UK government. I live in Bath and have responded to the consultation...
by Jon Lucas
20 Nov 2018, 9:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: London - on the spot fine
Replies: 95
Views: 13469

Re: London - on the spot fine

So, getting back to the issue raised by the OP, this interpretation of the law seems to suggest that if you are cycling along a road towards a traffic signal with a right turn filter lane, and don't have the confidence to move across into the right turning lane, but instead choose to stop at the red...
by Jon Lucas
19 Nov 2018, 2:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Liverpool , where is one allowed to chain a bike?
Replies: 7
Views: 1899

Re: Liverpool , where is one allowed to chain a bike?

Although the route along the Mersey estuary is lovely, particularly for its views along the river, of all the cities I know, Liverpool has the largest gap between the dearth in cycling and its potential. This is due to a woeful lack of investment into much cycling infrastructure, including cycle par...